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4 Tips for Raising Responsible Children

Resources for helping parents raise responsible children.

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Surviving Parenting: In Tears and Laughter

I don’t need another parenting book–but a book that makes me laugh when the tears of child-raising well up in my eyes and the darts of defiance pierce my heart–THAT book I need to read! Not long ago I read Lisa Whelchel’s book Creative Correction. Though she is currently famous for her appearance on Survivor, I grew up watching her on Facts of Life. As an experienced parent having raised three sons (now post high school), did I really need to read another parenting book?

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Of Words and Wisdom

Lisa Whelchel helps us think through our priorities in parenting. Is our goal of disciplining our kids just to get some peace and quiet? Or, is it so that others think we are great parents? She encourages us to look beyond those reasons and discipline with the goal of instilling Godly character into our children and instilling the desire to draw close to God (including a hunger for reading His Word).

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Tantrums and Meltdowns

–Delana H Stewart    [You may also be interested in reading the poem “Heart Tears.”]  Kicking and screaming at the top of her lungs in the middle of a busy shopping center, my then  five year old daughter began taking off her shoes, then clothes and throwing them wildly. In beginning to read the book…

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Creative Correction by Lisa Whelchel

Creative Correction: Extraordinary Ideas for Everyday Discipline, was written by Lisa Whelchel and published by Tyndale House Publishers as a Focus on the Family resource. As many other moms my age, television introduced me to the author when she starred as Blair on the hit TV series The Facts of Life. She has three young children, one with ADHD. The newest edition of this book includes a special section specifically providing tips for dealing with toddlers. I especially like how she uses teachable moments to apply scripture in her parenting.

The Parent’s Guide — Solutions to Behavior Problems (12 days of Christmas, 10 days)

By:Delana S Last month I had an opportunity to browse through a library of education and parenting books. I came across one book that would be an excellent resource for parents. Though I did not read the entire book, it is designed as a reference manual to assist parents in specific problem areas.  It is…

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Empowering Mothers, part 2: Establishing Respect

By: Delana H Stewart [Or, download Empowering Mothers the whole four part series of articles.] Part 1 of this series on empowering mothers equipped moms to deal with power drains. Nancy L. Thomas who wrote “When Love is Not Enough: A Guide to Parenting Children with Reactive Attachment Disorder,” teaches parents how to establish respect.…

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Empowering Mothers, part 3, Developing Self-Control

By:Delana H Stewart [Or, download Empowering Mothers the whole four part series of articles.] In her article “When Love is Not Enough: A Guide to Parenting Children with Reactive Attachment Disorder,” Nancy L. Thomas shared advice on giving choices, setting limits, and self-control. Her tips have been adapted here for use with all children (not…

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Empowering Mothers, part 4, Avoiding Battles

By: Delana H Stewart [Or, download Empowering Mothers the whole four part series of articles.] Dealing with power drains, establishing respect, and developing self-control are only part of being the strong parent that your kids need you to be. In “When Love is Not Enough: A Guide to Parenting Children with Reactive Attachment Disorder,” Nancy…

A Counselor Speaks on Lying

By: Bev S Of all the misbehaviors my three children exhibited during their childhood, I think lying and deception were the most difficult to deal with.  When it happened, I would be angry, disappointed, hurt and discouraged. Believing that all parents have to deal with this sin at least once in our children’s lifetimes, I…

Brain Development of Youth

Delana S Recently, I watched a video interview of Dr. Daniel Amen on the topic of brain development.  This was one lecture in a series of counseling lectures by various authors to fulfill the requirement of a counseling course.  It did not surprise me that this particular lecture especially fascinated me, as our family recently…

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Healthy Love: Loving Without Overprotecting, Overindulging, or Overcontrolling

Healthy Love, part 1 By: Delana H Stewart Recently, I read the book Loving Your Child Too Much by Drs. Tim Clinton and Gary Sibcy.  In their own words, the book is about keeping “a close relationship with your child without overindulging, overprotecting, or over controlling.”  In this four part review, I would like to…

Class Rules

1.  You will obey God and your parents. You will not lie. You will not take anything that someone else is using or belongs to them. You will not use crude, rude, or offensive language. 2. You must show respect to me and obey me. You may not call me names of any kind (i.e.…